Valerie Harper isn't just fighting terminal brain cancer—she's facing a legal battle, too.
Per the The New York Daily News, Matthew Lombardo and several Broadway producers filed a $2 million lawsuit against the 74-year-old actress, claiming that when she began work on the show Looped in 2012, she and husband Tony Cacciotti intentionally failed to notify them she had cancer. This suit, it should be noted, was reportedly filed as a counterclaim to one Harper filed asking for wages owed for the duration of show, which she was unable to complete because of health reasons.
Lombardo and the producers allege that Harpe didn't tell them about her 2009 lung cancer diagnosis because she wanted to get the role. However, per TMZ, the former Rhoda star began to forget her lines and slur her speech during rehearsals, at which point, Lombardo claims, he urged Harper to see a doctor.
It was reportedly during that visit that Harper discovered her lung cancer had spread to her brain. According to the NYDN, Harper dropped out of the production the same month as her diagnosis, leaving the Looped producers "scrambling for a replacement."
Lombardo claims this cost him $500,000, and the suit is asking Harper for $1.5 million in punitive damages.